Scene from The Flim-Flam Man (1967)
We are living in intentional continual uproar
I honestly didn’t know whether to write continual or continuous. The uproar in Washington has been almost non-stop since Beast 45 assumed office; really it has been since he began running for office.
I mentioned in a previous post that a friend…Continue
The house where I spent most of my childhood no longer exists except in my memory. It was a modest wood frame three bedroom house with indoor plumbing and no heat other than space heaters in the bathroom and dining room. During the summers I read in an easy chair with a west facing window in the living room. The World Book Encyclopedia, mother’s Book of the Month selections, and assorted religious references were in the arm’s length book case.
In the winter my brother and I…Continue
A couple of old friends left this morning. I’m in a brown defunkit. (Cf.* )
Erics’s an engineer who just retired, and they are making the rounds visiting friends and family over the southeast and Florida. (cf. ^)
Always curious about how things work, as engineers tend to be, he taught me some tricks with my iPhone about…Continue
Supply Side Economics: History and Evidence
A couple of days ago Virginia Congressmen, David Brat, was interviewed about whether he thought that President Trump out to be trying to “primary” those who have voted against bills he supports. The congressman said that the “true” Republican agenda of decreasing taxes, government spending, government regulation, and the size of government are the things Trump ran on, and anyone who does not support Trump’s tax plan is voting…Continue
The argument against term limits for Congressmen and Senators is that it takes a term in congress to become thoroughly familiarized with Washington and gather enough seniority to gain power in committees. Some might hold that this is exactly the reason we need term limits. If everyone was limited to one term no one would have seniority.
Another argument against term limits has been that limiting congressmen and women to one term would force them to become lobbyists with more…Continue
A year ago we made reservations on a place on the beach near Apalachicola, Florida. We arrived Saturday, October 7, amid heat and humidity that left a film of water on everything out of doors. It was almost still. As the evening progressed a breeze picked up that became a sustained wind with gusts that rocked the house. We went to bed exhausted from an eight hour drive that took us the length of Georgia and onto the panhandle of Florida. I love the last part of this drive; after 71…Continue
Steve McQueen’s greatest role may have been as a baseball obsessed German POW, the Cooler King. Regardless of the question, Cooler King’s answer related to baseball because baseball was all he ever thought about.
Some people become obsessed with a cause. That obsession can be so strong that they believe it is more important than any other cause. They can fear that any discussion of another worthy cause will steal attention and resources from theirs.
With the Cooler King word…Continue
In 1919 William Butler Yeats published one of the most beautifully disturbing and one of the most anthologized poems in my ken. The opening lines of “The Second Coming” seem prophetic in their aptness for today.:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
Lately I’ve been wrestling with what to do about an eight foot long fluorescent light in my studio that doesn’t’ work now due to a bad ballast. There has been a revolution in lighting over the last couple of decades, and while not puzzled about its purpose, I’ve been largely left behind.
I first realized that I wasn’t in Kansas anymore when the Georgia legislature passed a law that basically overturned a Federal mandate. The law would allow companies to continue to manufacture and…Continue
This morning I got up with Paul Simon singing “Kodachrome” in my head.
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away”.
“I have become
So, has the comment button.
I have discovered that I’ve left duplicate comments on posts other than my own. I have been used to writing a comment and seeing it immediately appear after I click on “add comment”. I was trying all sorts of tricks to make the…Continue
A little background on the Territories
Disaster relief has come to Houston after Hurricane Harvey and to Florida following Hurricane Irma fairly rapidly. Puerto Rico, hit much harder by
Hurricane Maria remains largely without electricity and water, and relief has suffered from delivery and distribution…Continue
Recently Bloomberg reported that individuals who itemize their deductions or save for retirement will pay thousands more in taxes under the GOP plan. Is anyone surprised?
Apparently, in order to fund the proposed elimination of the estate tax (which will benefit those with individual estates worth over $5.49 million) President has handedthe GOP a plan that looks at limiting or eliminating a number of deductions. The mortgage interest deduction appears to be spared.…Continue
She was instantly likable; an outgoing woman whose black accent was deliberate and resonant. She had a way of saying things that reminded one of Yogi Berra or Gerald Ford. Caught washing her own dishes by hand at the Caring House (a wonderful residential facility for patients who will be getting cancer treatment over…Continue
In an address to African leaders President Trump praised the healthcare system of Nambia. Of course, there is no way to verify the excellence of that system because Nambia, like Narnia, doesn’t exist. There is a Zambia and a Gambia and there is a Namibia, but no Nambia. What could the Tweeter-in-Chief have been talking about?
Taking the possibilities one by one let’s look at Zambia first.…Continue
“Things are more like they are now than they’ve ever been.”
“If Lincoln were alive today he’d roll over in his grave.”
“The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national…Continue
Last Sunday a couple of other musicians and I worked as a team to present an hour long musical celebration of Peace in advance of International Peace Day, September 21. The process was stressful for several reasons. I was away for the three weeks immediately prior to the service, one of the other musicians was away for a couple of the same weeks, and we had one practice together. The other reason is that I don't play well with others. The practice was rough, but we all went home with…Continue
Marc Wallace, CEO, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
Yesterday I heard a clip of Senator Lindsay Graham, (R) of South Carolina stating that we have three choices; Obamacare, the Republican Plan that would return healthcare to something like the system that preceded the Affordable…Continue
The last few days have been … I’m not sure of the best adjective. It could be stressful, or unique, or any of a number of words.
After anticipating Hurricane Irma with a mixture of dread and curiosity we had to leave on the day that the storm was to arrive in our little corner of Georgia. On Monday, L drove in rain…Continue
Many of you who once wrote and read on Open Salon will remember Sage Merlin. Some of you may know him personally. I’m a Facebook…Continue